* 03/28/2019 | Rotary Club of Circleville, Ohio, USA | Joseph G. McNemar >


By: Patty Rothe

Rotary Newsletter Editor


(Editor's request: Please remember to jot down your announcements & give them to me. A simple hand-written note or an e-mail in advance would work well. Thank you!)

Presiding: Pres. Ian Webb

Prayer: Harry Canfield

Piano: Don Metzler

Intros: Matt Tootle

Song: Gary Dean-"I'm Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover" & "Roll Rotary"

Absentees: Adams, Beavers, Bialey, Craig Brown, Christopher, Davis, Droste, Elick, Esala, Ewing, Foll, Gerhardt, Irwin, Justinger, Kowalski, Adam Johnson, Eric Liggett, Mavis, Jessica Mullins, Neff, Pelcic, Radcliff, Rainey, Rawlins, Scherer, Searls, Sigmon, Stevens, Stevenson, Bob Tootle, Vallette, Vickers, Yaniga

Make ups: None

Visiting Rotarians: Sunrise - John Moats

Guests: Ula Jean Metzler, by Don Metzler; C.F. Carlson, by Joe McNemar; Harold Hewitt, by Dan Dailey; David Ridilla, by Connie Chamberlain.

Membership Proposal:

 Paperwork has been submitted by Donald "Don" Ritchie. Don is retired from the U S Navy, and resides in Circleville. His Sponsoring Rotarian is Sam Shapiro. If there are any questions regarding this proposal, please direct them to Drexel Poling.

March birthdays: 5th- Dan Dailey; 9th- Tom Tootle; 10th- Chris Mullins; 11th- Dick Patrick; 12th- Roy Huffer; 26th- Jerry Leist, Bob McCrady

March anniversaries: 18th- Don Metzler; 19th- Debbie Hoffman

April birthdays: 2nd - Curtis Christopher; 3rd - Gary Dean; 9th - Craig Brown; 10th - Debbie Hoffman; 14th - Angela Beavers; 15th - Ellery Elick; 16th - Tad Grover; 22nd - Barry Pontius; 23rd - Tony Chamberlain

April anniversaries: 2nd - Steve Stevenson; 4th - Rick Rawlins; 26th - Dan Delong

Happy Dollars: None

Student Guests: Pam Younkin, School Counsel for Teays Valley High School, introduced Randy Nungester & Anna Jacob.

Lottery: Pres. Ian was this week's winner of $16, but the golden pebble remained hidden. The jackpot is now $289.


  • Pres Ian: Mentioned that our club is proposing an increase in our membership dues of $12, which would cover the cost of our annual Rural Urban Day's meals. He explained that this is necessary due to the fact that people are RSVP'ing "yes" to the event, but then not appearing &/or paying for it. So, the dues increase would cover this loss. We are taking a vote today, & voting slips are at each of our tables.
  • Update: the vote on the membership dues increase passed overwhelmingly.
  • Pres. Ian: Committee Sign-up sheets being passed around the room. Please sign up for a committee, or risk being "volunteered" to one.
  • Gary Montgomery: Personally thanked those who vounterred at the most recent Community Kitchen. They were: David & Marie Crawford, Sam Shapiro, Don Ritchie, Adam Johnson, Jenny Rainey, Dan Fouts, Bob Sneed, Bob Mabe, Gary & Sandy Montgomery, & John Ellis.
  • Debbie Hoffman: She is passing around a sign-up sheet for one of our club's Literacy Initiave events, which is reading to pre-schoolers at the Head Start Center. There are multiple dates from which to chose, and Debbie guarantees that "the kids will entertain you more than you will be entertaining them!"
  • Amy Elsea: Chamber's annual dinner
  • Connie: April 7th & 14th will be two Big Brothers Big Sisters fundraising events.
  • John Moats: Annual Leo Moats Scholarship Dinner fundraiser will be 04/06/19 at AMVETS, starting at 6PM. Dinner is served at 6:30PM, there will also be entertainment, reverse raffle, silent auction, & snacks.
  • Charlie Hedges: Update on Rotary Foundation; presented two Paul Harris Fellowship (+3 & +4) to Jim Hooks, and one (+2) to Bob Sneed. Congratulations Jim & Bob!!

  • Joe McNemar: The annual Pickaway County Mayor's Breakfast event will be on 05/09/19 at 7:30AM at OCU. This event is a fundraiser for the Boy Scouts of America, and this year's honorees are Steve & Judy Gary. Please RSVP to Susan.Emerson@scouting.org or call (614)310 - 1324.
  • Via e-mail: 
  • 1) Registration is now open for the Rotary Districts' 6650 & 6690 Joint District Conference on April 12th-13th at Hilton Polaris hotel in Columbus. Please log onto oour Rotary District's website for details. 
  • 2) Chamber of Commerce & Pickaway County Commissioners are hosting "Footloose for the Fairgrounds" fundraising event on Friday (03/29/19) from 6-9PM. Proceeds will support the Junior Fair Board and the Pickaway Ag & Event Center. There will be square & line dancing, Kiss the Cow, games, & much more. Call #740-474-7534 for details.

SAA: Mayor Don McIlroy

  • Fined all CHS alumni who haven't been inducted into Alumni Hall of Fame
  • Explained why Bob Sneed "always gives me such a hard time." (Ask Don or Bob for the details of this duplicitous golf story.)

Program: Joe McNemar introduced today's speaker, Executive Director for Pickaway County, Rich Braessler. Rich grew up in Northeast Ohio, and graduated from Willoughby South High School. He received his Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Franklin College in Franklin, Indiana. He currently resides in Westerville, Ohio, and is married with three children.

Rich has been involved with scouting for over fifty years, starting as a Cub Scout in third grade. Later, he participated in scouting as a Boy Scout and an Assistant Scout Leader. After graduating from college, Rich was employed as a Field Executive by the Central Ohio Council and followed the council through three mergers. He has enjoyed a thirty-nine year professional career with the Boy Scouts and currently serves then community as a District Director with the Ohio Valley District, which encompasses Fayette, Pickaway, and the southwest quarter of Franklin county.


  • Simon Kenton Boy Scouts of America (SKBSA)
  • Spoke of how he oftens gives presentations to school children, with a focus on 3rd & 4th graders.
  • Played a PowerPoint presentation about all the things that Scouting involves, & how your donations stay local to support our communities.
  • Explained the territory he covers
  • 12,000 Scouts, & 5,000 Boy Scouts, & 300 Adventurers were supported last year.
  • Five packs & six troops are locally funded.
  • Thanked the people in our Rotary club who also serve on the Scouts Council.
  • Mentioned how in August of 2018, girls were allowed to join the Scouts.
  • Girls Guides is an all-female program.
  • SKBSA has four major camps: Camp Lazarus, Chief Logan Reservation, Camp Falling Rock, & Camp Oyo.
  • Showed another PowerPoint presentation of these four camps, their amenities, & the renovations underway.

In appreciation of this year's speakers sharing their time & efforts, donations to the Pickaway County Dog Shelter will be made in their names.

April programs:

4th: 3 Pits and a Lady - Kim Shannon

11th: Pickaway Senior Center - Holly Cottrill

18th: Health Care Logistics - Geralyn Yingling & Bethany Reid

25th: Intro to Dinosaurs - Dale Gnidovec, OSU Orton Museum

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